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Did the Virginia Earthquake Crack Your Foundation?

Virginia Earthquake 2011 Map from USGS

Everyone along the eastern seaboard felt the ground rumble on August 23, 2011. While many of us checked on friends and family, and did a quick check of the inside of your home, did you remember to check your foundation?

That tremor could have created some foundation problems and damage that need to be repaired. Take a look for brick cracks, concrete cracks or other foundation cracks on the outside of your home. Then take a quick look inside your home for drywall cracks, sloping or uneven floors and newly stuck windows and doors.

If you find any of these things, call your local, trusted foundation repair contractor.

Earthquakes happen in Virginia more
often than you think…

Virginia is located in the middle of a tectonic plate which means that we have an earthquake every so often. While we won't experience a 5.8 magnitude earthquake every day, Virginia has earthquakes more often then you may think.

Since Virginia became a state, there have been over 300 recorded earthquakes. In fact, here's the recent earthquake activity that has taken place in the Commonwealth:

1897 – 6.0 magnitude quake in Pearisburg
1959 – 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Giles County
1997 – 2.5 magnitude tremor in Manassas
2003 – 4.5 magnitude quake was recoded in central Virginia, between Richmond, Farmville and Charlottesville
2001 – 3.2 magnitude tremor in Charlottesville and Culpeper
2011 – 5.8 magnitude earthquake which centered in Mineral, Virginia however it was felt throughout the state, from Hampton Roads to Northern Virginia.



We're Local & Can Help!

Since we've provided foundation repair solutions in your area, we know how to fix them. And we've been in business for over 20 years, so we have experience repairing foundation damage caused by other Virginia earthquakes. We serve the entire Northern Virginia area, including:


Front Royal
Dale City

Spotsylvania Courthouse
Glen Allen
West Point
Highland Springs
Lake Monticello



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